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CSPAN
Oct 31, 2013 12:00am EDT
suggested that you posing with acs tax loopholes while republicans focused focus on the cost of entitlement programs. this is 2.5 hours. >> good morning. this budget committee will come to order and welcome to all of our committee hearings and committee members, the tradition in the committee is the body the last chaired it hands the gavel over and that apparently is what this is, to the new chair. so i am very proud to open this up and follow the tradition of this committee and it is my pleasure to hand this big gavel over to my colleagues. >> it looks like a keeper. [laughter] >> thank you, i will put this somewhere else. >> thank you, chairman. welcome, everyone. i feel the house members are here. and today we are considering the resolution on the budget in the house amendment and we will begin with opening statements and i will recognize myself in and senator patty murray. each house will be recognized in the order of seniority alternating between minority and majority and since there are more from the senate and the house, asked her if they have made their statements from the remaining
CSPAN
Oct 30, 2013 3:00am EDT
the help of navigators, and ended up with a blue cross silver atmo plan with tax credits, in that case, instead of $800 a month, it's $77 a month. and let me refer you to the interview on "meet the press" with the blue cross florida ceo. he was asked by david gregory, in florida, the oldest and largest health care plan provider, florida blue cross, confirmed it is cutting 300,000 policies. and this is what the chairman of blue cross of florida said, "we're not cutting people, and i quote, we're actually transitioning people. what we've been doing is informing folks that their plan doesn't meet the test of the essential health benefits. therefore, they have a choice of many options that we make available through the exchange, and, in fact, with subsidy, many people will be getting better plans at a lesser cost." so this has become a matter of legitimate discussion, and i think all of us would appreciate your addressing it. >> sir, again, going back to prior to the affordable care act days, these individuals in a small group or individual market had no protections. they had no guara
CSPAN
Oct 30, 2013 10:00pm EDT
modernize the tax code and move toward real tax reform. while the committee can't get it done. we can move in that direction in a substantial way. making a modest cut of only 5% of the trillion dollars a year we spend through the tax code would make huge dent in the deficit. lastly, we have to don't make some reduction in direct spending. although i know that's the area taken the hardest hit. i'll insist on doing in a way that put a circle of production around around the most vulnerable and honoring our promises to seniors, veterans, and about to retirement to protect them from cuts. chairman rhode island i know, chairman muir ray. i'm glad we have come together. we need focus not on the area of disagreement but priority we share. reducing the deficit, and ensuring our long-term prosperity. thank you. >> thank you. i've learn something. i know, you refer to yourself as delaware begans. senator ayotte. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i want to thank you and thank chairman murray for your leadership and everyone at the table who is coming here. i think in a spirit of good faith so we can re
CSPAN
Nov 4, 2013 4:00pm EST
, including tax credits that are available to .hem we will continue that effort, including with the new resident remarks tonight. >> this week, there will be talks on iran's nuclear program in you jeanie buss. -- in geneva. what you expect from these talks? >> i would say a couple of things. as the president has said, the history of mistrust between the united states and the islamic republic of iran is deep and it will not be erased overnight. is nott we are doing now about trust. we are engaged in serious and substantive negotiations, but offering the possibility that we can stop the advancement of these nuclear activities. resolve the international community's concerns about the nuclear program in iran. our goal is to achieve a verifiable agreement that does not allow iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. and we have said the window is open for us to pursue this option. goal of notur allowing iran to possess a nuclear weapon, and i'm going to aggressively pursue that while the window is open, but it will not remain open indefinitely. we are going into this with eyes wide open, but as we ha
CSPAN
Oct 31, 2013 11:00pm EDT
rules so our financial system works better for consumers and investors, and locking in lower taxes for 98% of all americans. and lowering baferiers so entrepreneurs and -- barriers so entrepreneurs and businesses can innovate, grow, and hire. because of these measures we're moving in the right direction. the positive signs are real. since 2009 our economy has been expanding. over the past 43 months, private employers have added 7.6 million jobs. in fact, businesses have added more than two million jobs over the last year alone. and the end of this year, and the beginning of next year, show signs of further progress. the auto industry is growing again, manufacturing has increased. the global market has improved. american companies liked ford and apple are starting to move operations back to the united states. we sell more products made in america to the rest of the world than ever before. the cost of health care is growing at the slowest rate in years. and our deficits are half of what they were when the president took office. so we have seen the united states economy make a turn ar
CSPAN
Oct 31, 2013 10:00pm EDT
us money, there's a tax write off, not much, but a little, and us and a center for reporting out there fill the gap, but i do think that overall, our media landscape is being driven increasingly by the news of the moment, celebrity news, political news, real news, and there's a lot less time and energy, resources available for doing deep dives or looking at things not in the immediate spotlight in front of us as were all on our twit of-like hamster wheel. >> host: viewers have questions or comments, the bureau chief, the lines are open this morning. republicans call 202-a 85-3 # 88 is. democrats 202-585-3880. independents, 202-585-3882. we'll talk to him for about the next 40 minutes or so on the "washington journal," and as we lay out the lines, i want to talk to you about how you prefer to describe your magazine. is it progressive? is liberal the term? what do you say to folks who call your magazine as listed on here frequently asked questions page left pinko rag? >> they are wrong. i mean, we are a progressive-driven organization. you know, and i, the way i look at it is i ten
CSPAN
Oct 29, 2013 11:00pm EDT
that is important. it is poured to understand if she is eligible for tax credit because that affects the price you would pay. >> can she find out the cost of the plan without finding out -- without signing up? interested innot the tax credit and you just want to know what rates are available, we have on the website the ability -- availability to do that. quest website is not working. >> this is on the front end. what is not working are some of the pieces inside the application. interested int rates in our market, that is available through the website. there is also the ability, and we have a link to that on the website, to use kaiser site which also allows them, if they believe they are eligible to task credits, to go in and simulate what that would look like. interested int test credits and they just want to know what is available to them, and i have several friends available to me, i just want to see what rates on individual margaret -- they have decided to do that. quest they do not. quest your positive? >> i am positive. >> is in the person on the phone with my constituent who is
CSPAN
Nov 1, 2013 1:00am EDT
gdp compared to other advanced economies. our code is also full of special interest tax breaks and loopholes while hurting others that are investing in the united states. we can do better. and we can do this by broadening the tax base and lowering tax rates in a way that doesn't add a dime to the federal deficit. the president put forward the details of his tax reform and pleadmead clear his commitment -- and has made clear his commitment to business tax reform paired with an infrastructure package paid for with one-time revenue. we have a real opportunity ahead to seize the tax reform and establish a simpler, fairer and more competitive tax reform in the yeats. -- years. they share much in common with the approach the president has put forward. there's no reason we can't start with the substantial policy areas we agree on and come together to find common ground. in addition to reforming our tax system, we must finish the work of creating new trade agreements that are free and fair. they must open up markets for america's businesses and must add to the millions of american jobs tha
CSPAN
Oct 28, 2013 11:00pm EDT
customers as part of the creation of the care act. they don't like the fees and taxes on the industry. customers.he new they are lobbying to stop some of the feed but there's a mixed of the companies in health care. >> the los angeles times put out story taking a look at the cases in insurance and some cases in headlines. they're going get pricier as the out.rolls how -- if people are taking in the health insurance companies are health hem in, insurance companies changing how the policies for members because affordable care act. >> let's talk about something hat's happening to hundreds of thousands of people in small groups and individual markets. they currently have policies hat might no offer the same comprehensiveness of coverage that the affordable care act has. essential health care.its, majority they're getting notices from the insurers that they will not meet the standard starting january 1. this is the story too. my colleagues broke. it's gotten a lot of attention the press this week. what's happening is insurers are reaching out to those policy coveragend saying this is no lo
CSPAN
Oct 30, 2013 6:00am EDT
were able to provide housing credit assistance. and that tax credit assistance and the tax credit change was a way to offset declining investors interested in housing tax credits. and that was done by some of my democratic colleagues, and i wanted to thank your office for working with us on that. >> thank you. >> thank you and they give back. >> that your number again is the gentleman from wisconsin to mr. duffy, for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i want to be clear at the outset that fha has been very helpful in a lot of -- from a lot of my constituents first-time homebuyers, low-income home buyers, to achieve the american dream of homeownership. it has been incredibly helpful for them, so i don't want to underestimate how important the program has been for people who live in central and northern wisconsin. it's been a very helpful program. i think you picked up a little bit of concern on our side of the aisle, and i think our frustration here is that, is that whenever we have testimony, we continually bring up concerns about the capital reserve ratio. it hasn't been m
CSPAN
Nov 5, 2013 2:00am EST
nontaxable, either in terms of personal taxes or and excise taxes there is therefore there is a comfort zone with that is going to be very difficult to penetrate. we don't know yet whether again, there's ever going to be a kind of resolution of this frankly until there is a crisis, some kind of fiscal crisis that may force are public leadership to react. many of you here in the world of hospitals know of our pioneers in healthcare and our focus on are moving the incentive for inappropriate treatment. this certainly is going to help move the system in the direction it needs to go. a natural results and to the value-based approach for hospitals fear they will be paid less to deliver better care. sooner or later there's going to be a popular uprising over costs that will force change and probably force it in unacceptable ways. the hospital tomorrow is just going to have to adopt some of these ideas and others will copy the leadership of these hospitals, otherwise the prognosis in my judgment is grim. there will be a new order that will call for a major healthcareng of how delivery is organ
CSPAN
Nov 1, 2013 4:00pm EDT
is now we know that we have 8,400 people with clearances that don't follow the law paying their taxes and half of them have a top secret clearance. you know, the american people ought to be asking, what in the world is going on. and so my question is, we've now seen outlined who's ultimately responsible for it. that's d.n.i., correct? >> yes, sir. >> and we have the defense department that's making improvements but still has a way to go, and we have failure of contractors and not doing allegedly not doing what they're supposed to do. there's also another i.g. investigation going on along with that. but what's the answer? one of the answers has to be doing the job that we do better, one. number two, the other has to be using data that is available. you know, the form -- where is that form? this form for $20 you can get 90% of the information on the internet. we pay $2,400 for top secret clearance, is that right? that's about what we pay. it's about $2,400. >> tore stop secret, it's a little more than that, it's $4,000. >> for a secret, what do we pay? >> about $262. >> and for $20 you
CSPAN
Nov 4, 2013 8:30pm EST
tax and this was when tip o'neill tried to stop reagan from getting rid of the fairness act. since then we have seen a race to the bottom by the gop and corporate types of that nature. tip o'neill tried to stop it and the corporate media has been out of control brainwashing the public. the republicans are like the liberal media and of course republicans protect corporations from taxes and regulations. >> host: is there a question on the subject? >> caller: the corporate media helped them out to the republicans help them out. on this point about cancellations president obama said if you like your plan you can keep it. the corporate media's running around telling people that he lied, president obama lied. these people like having a plan like the lady said earlier that had a lifetime cap on that yearly caps and things of that nature. they apparently, corporate media knows that these individual people got cancellations. i'm one of those people that did not like those plans. you paid for something he didn't get anything that. >> host: eric brings up the subject of the president's statem
CSPAN
Oct 29, 2013 12:00pm EDT
millions of americans will also qualify for tax credits to make the coverage even more affordable. we know that consumers are eager to purchase this coverage and to the millions of americans who attempted to use healthcare.gov to shop and enroll in health care coverage i want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should. we know how desperately you need affordable coverage. i want to assure you that healthcare.gov can and will be fixed and we are working round-the-clock to deliver the shopping experience that. you deserve. we are seeing improvements each week and publicly by the end of november the experience on the site will be smooth for the vast majority of users. >> that part of the testimony from earlier today on c-span3. the hearing does continue live right now on c-span3. reminder you can watch the entire hearing online shortly at c-span.org. >>> the u.s. senate is in session today. lawmakers right now taking their weekly party lunches. they will be back at 2:15 eastern. we'll have live coverage here on c-span2 while we wait, during the government sh
CSPAN
Nov 5, 2013 12:00pm EST
have to pay property taxes to pay for my local schools. huh? why should i worry about it? maybe only people who have kids going to the public school should pay for it. we are better than that in this country. we are talking about being part of our society. , my wifeour benefit and i, to support our local schools because that is our next generation, their want -- we want them well taught. same with health care. it is a values system. i am indebted to senator warren for mentioning that. no one will be left without insurance. no one will have to wait before they get advanced: or prostate or breast cancer before they can go to the emergency room and get help. that is the new value system. we are not turning back. fix the problems, move ahead, but let's aggressively get people enrolled in the system system of new value health care in america. i've used up my time, mr. alexander. tavenner,ou , ms. for being here today. the chairman is describing the --damental district fundamental differences we have had for the last four years. by expandingvolves this is that we already knew cost too much
CSPAN
Nov 1, 2013 10:00am EDT
capita and the lowest two or three tax rates and great infrastructure. we have done all the things we can do to help this to be a great and productive work environment but there are certain things out of our control the dramatically impact jobs in tennessee when i hear all the manufacturers tell us we love being in tennessee and we love the work environment, but if we had this agreement in place, we could produce more jobs. well it's a little frustrating to me as a governor because it is out of my country but it's also critical for me to get involved to land that felice whether it is in washington or anywhere else. but like i said, we've worked hard to set up a work environment in tennessee and we think we have it but there are certain things that are beyond our control at this point. >> im stand everyone on the panel is an enthusiast to this agreement but we want to be clearheaded about some of the competitive costs. if the construction mining business, what do you see as the competitive threat that would come from others that -- imports would be less expensive. what are the compe
CSPAN
Oct 31, 2013 4:00pm EDT
security clearances who also have tax problems. here's a look. >> so what is the answer? one of the answers has to be, doing the job that we do better, one. number two, the other has to be using data that is available. you know, the form -- this form, for 20 bucks you can get 90% of the information on the internet. it's in this war. we pay 2400 bucks for a top-secret clearance. is that right? it's about what we pay. it's about $2400. >> for a top-secret, it's more than not. it's a little over 4000. >> 4000. what do we pay? >> about 262. >> for $20 come you can find out 90% of the stuff online right now. and so, the question is maybe we need to step back and say first of all come with guy way too much classified pee-wee to many people after claimants. number two, how we do it is not utilizing data out there today that is readily available. number three is we've had a response from director clapper that they will start coordinating with the irs. most people would say that's kind of the no-brainer. i would be one of the things you want to check. it is in the forms to have you pay your
CSPAN
Nov 5, 2013 10:00am EST
, by increasing premiums, canceling plans, strong relationships with doctors, raising taxes, forcing people $.5 medicaid, spending trillion on new programs instead of making medicare solvent and encouraging employers to reduce their employees catch three hours. then having the irs fine americans for failing to sign up on a website that does not work. the president promised you can keep your health care, but the ofn cancels millions individual policies. for millions of others, employees are -- employers are dropping insurance programs. the new promise is, if you want health care, go find it. on a website that the administration says will not be working properly until the end of november, that is an unlock him christmas present. two weeks to shop for insurance by december 15 senate you are covered next year when obamacare outlaws your policy. the president put secretary sebelius in charge of this law. i have called on her to resign. ca couldhe internet, r tell you every day how many records elvis was selling, mcdonald's could tell you how many hamburgers were sold. , resident issa -- c
CSPAN
Nov 5, 2013 6:30pm EST
. continue making responsible spending cuts while closing wasteful tax loopholes that are used by the wealthiest americans and biggest cooperation. and show the american people that congress can work together. we can comprise. and alleviate the uncertainty and the pain that families across the country are facing. mr. presidenting with the effect of years of gridlock are clear in places like the denise education center in seattle. i visited the head start program earlier this year prek students can take part in story time, and tbreft health and nutrition programs. even before the major cuts to head start that took effect last march, that center had a waiting list. now the director of the school has had to drop kids from the program because of these tight budget constraints. they are far from alone. another head start program in washington, a program that served needy kids since the 1970s had to completely shut its doors this summer because congress couldn't work together. that one facility alone was helping 40 kids prepare for cirnt garden. nationwide these cuts have forced ten of thou
CSPAN
Nov 5, 2013 8:30am EST
tax rates and with great infrastructure. we've done all the things that we think that we can do to help this be a great productive work environment. but there are certain things that are out of our control that dramatically impact jobs in tennessee. so when i hear out of my new vouchers tell us we love being in tennessee, we love the work environment. but if we had this agreement in place we could produce x. more jobs. it's a little frustrating as the governor because of something that's out of my control but it's also critical for me to get involved to land that voice whether it's in washington or anywhere else i can to raise it. we've worked hard to set up a great working environment in tennessee and we think we have it. there are certain things that are beyond our control at this point. >> sso i understand it will understand this and it is used to these agreements but i think we want to be clearheaded about some of the competitive cost. in the construction money this is what d.c. as the competitive threat that would come from others who could -- imports would be less expensive.
CSPAN
Oct 31, 2013 1:00am EDT
cover their employees and some new tax credit possibilities. for large employers, about 96% of them already cover their employees, and as you know, the penalty that your constituents refer to is not a penalty that is imposed in 2014. it is being discussed with businesses about what kind of information will be exchanged -- >> he's going to use the gavel on me if you don't hush. >> gentleman's time is expired. >> i yield back my time. >> gentleman's time is expired. gentle lady from california? >> thank you, mr. chairman. welcome, madame secretary. you're a distinguished woman. you have distinguished yourself and your state, the offices that you've held, and now working for the american people, and i salute you for it. i want to really congratulate my republican pals for being absolutely, 1,000% consistent. you love what's wrong with the website, and you detest what's working in the affordable care act. and i think that is on full display here. but let's get back to the website, because that's what the hearing is about. it's my understanding that november 31st is a hard date for havin
CSPAN
Nov 1, 2013 2:00pm EDT
what kinds of tax credits might be available to them because of their income level. it is harder to predict because a lot of this depends on what choices consumers make. the fact they have those choices i think is -- we have to acknowledge is a good thing. massachusetts -- you said many times you think it is the proper template. it was a completely african political time it in massachusetts -- a completely different political climate in massachusetts. >> that's the extent how the bill passed. seeny would have liked to more bipartisan support for health care reform than the canident, and anybody here tell you there is a great deal of effort that went into building a plan that reflected not just democratic principles and democratic ways to tackle this problem, but also republican ways. those of us who are old enough to cover the debate under president clinton, there was a republican plan submitted at the time that is the closest precursor to what the affordable care act is today. a lot of the aca came from middle-of-the-road and conservative republicans, and i think that reflects the
CSPAN
Oct 31, 2013 8:00am EDT
, the officers working at the other associations, yes. they're very sincere. that's why tax-cut justified killing an officer. indiana flipside around and basically encourages us to talk about public policy to take an officer's life unless u.s. citizen belief that officer was following -- a horse in the scope of employment. again, that is craziness. >> so police officers feel these last may in effect represent a threat to them? >> for both a threat to them they might be serving a search warrant going into a home, with their plainclothes, nonuniform. i believe the georgia cases directly on point with that one. the requirement is to be actual knowledge instead of an officer doing their job. that's a problem for police officers. officers don't know what to do when you have a statute that is you can't arrest, you're supposed to investigate. what does that? >> you see up well in your testimony when you say prosecutors and a quarter of prosecutors, judges, police officers and the very citizens have been left to guess what behavior is legal and what is criminal, which i think is the poi
CSPAN
Oct 29, 2013 10:00pm EDT
coverage were lower than expected, and millions of americans will qualify for tax credits to make coverage more affordable. we know that consumers are eager to purchase the coverage, and to the millions of americans who have attempted to use healthcare.gov to shop and enroll in health care coverage, i want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should. we know how desperately you need affordable coverage. i want to assure you that healthcare.gov can and will be fixed, and we are working around the clock to deliver the shopping experience that you deserve. we are seeing improvements each week, and by the end of novak djokovic, the experience on the site will be smooth for users. >> tomorrow, health and human services secretary will be on capitol hill to testify about problems with the healthcare.gov website and the implementation of the affordable care act. you can watch live coverage of the house energy and commerce committee hearing beginning at 9 a.m. eastern time on c-span3 and c-span.org. >> welcome to the montana state capitol. this building was bui
CSPAN
Nov 4, 2013 10:30pm EST
talked about were on the table. entitlements, discretionary spending, taxes, and it was not easy. in those days leadership said we have to stay in the room and not leave until we got a deal. and we kept working at it. everyone would get up and discuss and someone would eventually get up and walk out. this reminds me about the three missionaries, the british, the french, and the italian missionary who were in a very uncivilized part of the world. and they were making their way down this river and they manage to make it ashore only to fall into the hands of others. and he said in his heart, god save the queen. the french missionary took out his knife and said viva lafrance. the italian took out his stiletto and started punching himself in the chest area and said what are you doing. and he said i'm trying to screw up your canoe. [laughter] i know trying to work and keep the defense department focused and dealing with 3 million americans who serve courageously in that department, i know they count on your leadership and you are doing an outstanding job under very difficult circumstances.
CSPAN
Nov 4, 2013 8:00am EST
folks like to kind of think universal service, it must be a tax, a subsidy. absolutely not. it really is a mechanism whereby the funding is collected from the other carriers pooled and then redistributed based on costs. the entire cop sent behind that was that the value of the network increases the more people you get on the network, and it was kind of a notion and a place my that was adopted, you know -- philosophy that was adopt inside 1935 with the first communication act had the principle of universal service. so, and that becomes part of the cost recovery mechanism. >> host: before we run out of time, want to get your take on the upcoming or potential upcoming spectrum auction. >> guest: spectrum is a very exciting initiative. i will tell you, you know, again, i think spectrum is a great opportunity. we're all mobile. we all, you know, we all want spectrum mobility. my concern on the way the past auctions have gone is probably about 80% of the spectrum is held by two large carriers, and, you know, we see more and more of that nationwide presence. what happens is when a lar
CSPAN
Oct 29, 2013 8:00pm EDT
. to me the only scandal is the tax laid upon you. you can bring it back to the people. they stand with you and defend your policies. not just as individual but their policy on what they try to do and trying to do. i think it's probably only a matter of time saying the foreign leaders have a constitutional right. any event i want to thank you for what you do. you said before the importance of timing is whether or not the meta data stay controlled by the company or the nsa. there could be delays as far as getting the information and time. because often it is a race against the clock. general clapper, in one case i have some -- that one incident could have resulted in hundred if not thousands of deaths in the new york subway system. how important was 215 -- section 215 how important was that as far as timing, as far as ensuring that it will be connected in time to save the plot. and also if you can discuss the extent of the plot and what could have happened if the plot not stopped. >> first of all, on behalf of not just nsa but the entire intelligence committee. i want to thank you f
CSPAN
Oct 31, 2013 5:00am EDT
points. code justhe tax turned 100 and it looks every day its age. it is a broken, in efficient mass. -- mess. it is time to bring it into the 21st century. i'm committed to tax reform. and loopholesffs for us to close in the meantime without jeopardizing the goals of comprehensive tax reform. my hope is that this conference and put our feet in both can't , for tax reform and against tax ripoffs. --ood place to start incentives that push companies to move jobs overseas. second is medicare. the future for medicare is better care at lower cost. 965.s very different than 1 chronic disease, cancer, problems --d other current government rules and practices impede our efforts to deliver to these seniors. we are working on a bipartisan proposal to address these issues. we look forward to working with the conference on these issues. there is a better way, colleagues. is there-- my view parity between defense and nondefense. the rule of the whole -- theration debate rules were that you are going to cut defense and nondefense equally. to change those rules in the middle of this debate would be
CSPAN
Oct 28, 2013 1:00pm EDT
discussion now on the earned income tax credit. a recent report from the treasury department director general found that part of the eit see amos last year should never have been made. we will show you as much of this as we can before the white house daily briefing which is scheduled to begin shortly. host: we're going to be focusing on a program that offers tax low income earners from thees. a report treasury department specifically looked at the program. joining us on the phone is michael mckinney. he is with the treasury inspector general for tax equation. he serves as the deputy ig for audits. guest:ep for joining us. -- guest: sure. host: what was the intent of this report? guest: we are required to review this process for reducing improper payments. the iris issues a report to us and with 120 days we issue a report. the earned income tax credit is really the largest program it has where they make taxpayers. that is the program we assess. host: you specifically looked at tax credits put out in 2012. what have you found out? guest: one of the main provisions in the executive requi
CSPAN
Oct 30, 2013 2:00pm EDT
start-up innovation tax credit, something senator rubio and senator schumer and stabenow as well as senator moran have cosponsored and introduced and discussed over time. it would help with access to capital for early stage start-up manufacturers. there are a lot of things we can discuss going forward but for today i am grateful for your leadership with senator brown on this bill that would help strengthen the national network of manufacturing innovation centers. you are a strong leader for manufacturing in your home state of missouri, and i'm grateful for a chance to spend some time with you on the floor today discussing that good bill and your good ideas. mr. blunt: let me talk about the start-up act we've worked on, i think you mentioned all the cosponsors of that, senator rubio, senator stabenow, senator mccain, senator schumer and enzi and what that does is try to extend the opportunity of research and development to start-up businesses. the way the tax credit works if you're -- you can deduct those costs from the taxes you pay but if you're a start-up business you often don't
CSPAN
Nov 1, 2013 12:00pm EDT
star exception. the disgraceful attitude like a concert concern over wasting tax payers funds can only be explained by the fact that the leadership of the va is flawed. until the stagnant attitude at the very top are laminated, we hope to eliminate the problems plaguing the va. that in the end are hurting our veterans the most. so let me ask you this. i'm new to congress. i was a taxpayer, worked in the service. served my country into wars. nic the irs, epa, energy department and now the va wasting taxpayers money. what do you think i should do? what can i do to stop that from happening? because what i think of a break to fire you all and start over. but reality as it got to work with you. how am i going to get improvements, 100% improvements? at 100% improvement to gonzales sought is 30% improvement over the last 30 years. do i have to wait until 2083 to get 100% for the va clinics >> congressman, i believe that the department is working and we plan to work faster than that. >> i've heard that for 30 years. actions speak better than words. what are you going to do tomorrow to eliminat
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Oct 29, 2013 10:00am EDT
. about two-thirds said raising taxes to cut the deficit was a nonstarter. and compared to obamacare, which more voters actually said they wanted to repeal, these levels of support are striking. so if our friends on the other side want to keep trying to claim an electoral mandate for maintaining obamacare contradicted by the facts as that phaoeurbgs while using their own logic we had to call the mandate for reducing the size of government a super mandate. that's why their new plan to undo the cuts the president campaigned on and increase the debt is so outrageous. we hear that the senior senator from new york will soon announce a proposal to give the permanent -- give the president permanent power to borrow more. in other words, he wants to extend the debt ceiling permanently by going around congress. let me repeat that. the so-called schumer-obama plan is a plan to permanently hand the president a credit card without spending limits and without lifting a finger to address the national debt. truly outrageous, especially when you consider that our debt is now $17 trillion, which makes
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Nov 5, 2013 4:00am EST
be tax cuts. it will be the most progressive tax cuts we have had. there was a fundamental difference between the two parties today, given the influence of the tea party, on the sense of how much do you sacrifice of your own views to keep the government going. within the republican party in the house today, there has been a scary -- >> at the risk of not making my flight, you are absolving the president's role in brokering those bridges -- building those bridges. >> george bush and i are not pals. nt paulson and bernanke up to tell us things were collapsing, -- >> i have two more questions. i'm going to start with barney. >> he can borrow some of my time. >> you are very generous. >> jpmorgan is in the midst of , in $13 billion settlement part related to assets it required -- acquired during the financial crisis. i am curious if your view has changed since we last talked. details that have emerged. whether you think that the government should be fining the company for whatever since happened to those assets during the crisis? >> my view has not changed. i would say this. to my recolle
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Oct 31, 2013 6:00pm EDT
station in jacksonville, florida. they have become adequate -- advocates. foundation providing tax for graduating high school students. she is a graduate of virginia state university, and before you say a word, i would like to thank the members of the panel for their patience in the rescheduling of this hearing. we had a chance to meet when it was previously scheduled, i'm glad we had the moments together. so please proceed with your testimony. >> thank you. >> good morning, chairman durbin and honored members of the subcommittee. my name is lucille mac bath. i thank you for the opportunity speak before the great institution today. i was raised in a family steeped in justice and confident in the try triumphant goodness of humanity. my mother was a registered nurse, and my father, who served in the u.s. army dental corp., was also for over 20 years president of the n -- naacp for the state of illinois. he worked actively in the signing of the civil rights act in 1964. in he could see me here today testifying in front of the united states senate, he would be beaming with pride and amazed
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Nov 5, 2013 12:30pm EST
information they need to avail themselves half of them tax credits that will make the insurance cheaper than it otherwise would be in all situations for them the insurance they have available for them is better, more quality coverage than what they are getting now. the president said in boston and again last night there would be portion of them, a portion of those individuals who will pay higher premiums at least in the front end. we are focused on of these aspects of getting this implementation on track so that americans across the country are able to get the benefits of the affordable care act promises. >> those percentages represent billions of people who are getting these notifications. besio companies today take issue with that presumably because they are not providing enough information to the customer's putative so clearly this is in the forefront of the white house. why wouldn't the legislation that is proposed that would simply expand in one case expand it to 2014. i think that is the house republican proposal that whatever your plan is, you can keep it. >> i haven't re
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Nov 2, 2013 12:00am EDT
receive security clearance while they had tax bets, which is a as a -- vulnerability, got security clearances, and the vast majority of those were top secret security clearances. our process is obviously broken, not complete, and not adequate. until this year, opm did not have the means of debarring persons or those who falsified background checks for clearances. worse, ipmm's ig recommended 22 individuals received no answers on 14 of the cases formed that the other eight would not be debarred. something is very wrong. it's unlikely that a stricter clearance process would have prevented a deranged individual from committing murder, but this event should be a catalyst for congress to fix the way the country categorizes, handles, and grants access to sensitive data. two problems. one, there's way too much stuff classified that doesn't need to be classified, and number two, there's way too many security clearances approvedded. if you markettedly increase the amount of material that doesn't need to be classified, you have to increase the number of people that need to have access to it.
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Oct 28, 2013 10:00am EDT
the tax foundation, the chief economist. thank you. program today. another addition comes at 7:00 tomorrow morning. we will see you then. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> both chambers of congress are back today. the house gavels in at noon eastern time for general speeches before considering a series of suspension bills dealing with veterans benefits and requested votes will be postponed until 6:30 eastern. the senate is also in today beginning at 2:00 eastern for general speeches until about 4:30 when they will then debate and take a pulmonary vote on the nomination of richard griffin junior for national labor relations board general counsel. you can watch the house live right here on c-span and see the senate live on c-span 2. high-ers will conduct profile hearings including one wednesday with health and human services sucker terry kathleen -- secretary kathleen sebelius. at 9:00erage begins a.m. eastern wednesday on c-span 3. off capitol hill, president obama is at fbi headquarters this afternoon. you will deliver remarks at the installation ceremony
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Nov 1, 2013 2:00pm EDT
out of business. the tax payers are here. you stated last month that may be $1.68 billion we heard in 2009 that the fha was stable and sound and secure from the future. so this creates a lot of the concern with american people. it keeps mounting a part of the government that has accrued an enormous amount of debt. the foreign budget writer and paul ryan said the same thing that the steam is out of control and that will collapse like greece. they have said it in many ways. so i would hope that you would share that concern and accountability back to the american people. i think as you spoke to us and appeared before the committee in february, you said then that you tested the financial health of the fha and that right after that the next day the government accountability office the high risk due to the greater of all morality to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement are the need for transformation. how do you respond to that? do you understand the impact that you are having whacks and then you would be considered a high-risk agency to the taxpayer >> i take mauney responsibility extr
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Oct 30, 2013 10:00am EDT
. americans have good reason to be concerned. after all, it's their tax dollars used to buy these helicopters from russia to -- for the afghan military. but russia has a particularly bad track record. they've received an abysmal grade of d-minus in the anticorruption index. back in 2011, russia's chief military prosecutor publicly stated 20% of his country's annual military equipment budget is being stolen by corrupt officials and contractors. one independent watchdog believes that figure could be as high as 40%. in short, there are plenty of legitimate reasons about -- and questions about exactly why american tax dollars are going to rosoboron export. on a per-aircraft basis, the u.s. army is paying more than double what the russian military itself is paying to buy nearly identical helicopters. about a year ago, i convinced the pentagon to conduct a formal audit of the army's 2011 no-bid contract. unfortunately, that audit went nowhere due to persistent stonewalling by -- you guessed it -- rows owe bore on export. we still have a lot of questions and rosoboron export still owe us
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Oct 29, 2013 6:00am EDT
housing tax credit as the country begins to discuss tax reform. all of us know how important the tax credits been in increasing the supply of affordable housing. that's why the president and i have championed it time and again, most recently calling on congress to continue to support this tool as part of the presidents housing plan. and i urge you to continue to do the same by letting congress know that not only do we need to keep the tax credit, we need to expand it in order to better address the needs out there and provide more flexibility for the credit. together, all these steps to improve conditions for multifamily lenders, single-family lenders and buyers will go a long way and accelerating our housing market's growth. but we all know that in addition to recovery, we've also got to ensure that a crisis of this magnitude never happens again. all of us in the administration have already been working towards this important goal, and the president is eager to take the next step towards reform. naturally this is going to require action from congress. add-on know what you all are thi
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Nov 2, 2013 2:00am EDT
for income tax purposes the court would disregard it because this is a -- [inaudible] >> it may well be and it's an s corp. even though there's this corporate form the next result of the penalties goes on frank and phil gilardi separate income tax returns on a schedule came out. exactly. >> that's true for limited liability party. >> i think when we are dealing with a law that impinges upon fundamental first amendment freedoms the supreme court has taught we don't allow for him to triumph over substance and that is what we are arguing here. >> is that what lee says? if you are in the commercial market you have to give up some for the greater good. >> it does say that but what we say is that's part of the strict scrutiny. >> congress has some exemptions as well. >> that is your case. you are saying the exemptions are so overwhelming, so large in their number because you can't possibly get around lead. lee had exemptions in the court gave at the back of the hand. they said of course congress can make those decisions. that is what we do. you cannot come in they say and impose your relig
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Nov 5, 2013 4:30pm EST
other is revenue in, either through trust fund contributions or through fees or through taxes. the so-called top line is what discretionary spending is -- is what they allow for discretionary spending. in the budget, it's under an act called section 308 of the budget. i, in order to do my job as the chair of the appropriations committee, need the budget committee, with the concurrence of the congress, to give both my counterpart in the house, congressman rogers and nita lo lowey. myself and vice chairman on the other side of the aisle, senator shelby, the so-called top line. then we work through our other 12 subcommittees. this is absolutely crucial because we cannot do discretionary spending for fiscal 2014 until we hear from the budget committee. and we don't want another c.r. we don't want another shutdown. we don't want another slowdown. we're ready to go to work. we've already done our due diligence. we've already worked our -- worked through the subcommittees, 12 subcommittees, looking at what public investments should be made, and, by the way house, we can be more friewg -more
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Nov 4, 2013 11:00pm EST
support spending. they have to be tax cuts. most ill be the progressive tax cuts we have. a fundamental influence given the of the tea party on the sense of how much do you sacrifice with to keep the s government going. in the republican party in the today, there's a diminutive opinion. >> at the risk of not making my flight, you're resolve the president's role and bringing decision to the congress. a lot changed since '08. i are not ush and pals. i had never had a serious george bush.with but when he sent pallson and ernanke to tell us things were collapsening, we responded not sh moozing with george bush. >> i'm going to go with you on this. barney. t to >> going to start with him and go down the line. of my ey borrowed some time. >> you're generous with that time. >> he's any former chairman. midst morgan is in the of a $13 billion settlement in art related to assets that he acquired in the financial crisis, bear stearns and washington mutual. publicly.aid i'm curious if your view has that d given the details have emerged about whether you're thinking the government finin
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Nov 1, 2013 8:00am EDT
lower the corporate tax rate, have a lower corporate tax rate and at the same time use some of the one-time funds to strengthen our infrastructure so that your supply chains can move more quickly. so these are important components we have to do and, obviously, the third one is that we have to give -- and we fight very hard on -- a greater sense of stability. i guess you could say we want more manufacturing and less manufactured crisis. and, you know, we haven't been at our best the last month, but i think the future looks brighter in painting a picture of stability. now, the thing that is under our control is the signals we send and how we organize ourselves. and i think, to be honest, we had to recognize that there were places where signal that the president wanted to send was not coming through. one or two high profile cases might be sending a signal that we were not open for business. you know, we want to make clear this is not a xenophobic nation. if you want to come here and make your fortune playing by the rules, investing in the united states, creating jobs, we don't just to
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Nov 1, 2013 6:00pm EDT
lowest debt per capita. the lowest tax rate. great infrastructure. we have done all the things we think we can do to help this be a great productive work environment, but there are certain things that are out of control that dramatically impact jobs in tennessee. when i hear manufacturers tell us, we love being in tennessee and we love the work environment, but if we had this agreement in place, we could produce x more jobs. it is frustrating to me because it is something that is out of my control, but it is critical for me to lend that voice, whether it is in washington or anywhere else, to raise ti. we have worked hard to set up a great working environment in tennessee. there are certain things that are beyond our control. >> so i understand everyone on this panel is an enthusiast to disagreements, but we want to be clearheaded about some of the competitive costs. in the construction-mining business, what you see as the competitiveness that would come from -- imports would be less expensive? what are the challenges you will face of some of these deals come to be? >> well, that is a gr
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Oct 31, 2013 10:00am EDT
growth of it. that's what we've been hearing. send more money to washington. we want to raise taxes. we are openly about demanding increases in taxes to fund whatever it is we want to spend here. is there any waste, abuse in this government? there absolutely is. look at this chart. senator durbin is on the judiciary committee. he's been involved in this. he knows these numbers. there's nothing phony about what i'm showing you today. it's absolute fact. total appeals filed per active judge -- these are the judges on the court today. the d.c. circuit has eight judges. they have eight judges. per judge, the case, appeals that are filed to their court in the d.c. circuit is 149. that's -- and the average per circuit judge in america is 383. the average is two and a half times that number. we do not need to fill these slots. look at the 11th circuit. they have vacancies, but at this point they're doing almost 800 cases per judge per year. think about that. the second circuit. that's manhattan. that's a very important circuit with very complex cases. two and a half times -- more than two
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Nov 4, 2013 10:00am EST
stuff not in the infrastructure direction but in the tax cut direction that i think would have been fairly problematic. >> can i pick up on the last question? policy and whether paying interest on reserves -- >> before you do that can i say this? many of us in the treasury were people -- helping people. the peeling by the republicans on the hill is the republicans did not walk the mile and there was eight years of pent-up spending and it came out. you know to me -- >> before the administration comes in january 20 in 2009, they are already holding up many of our economic nominations as we come in. we have had the hearings. i am saying it was quite clear that partisanship. >> that is counter. this is increasingly counterfactual. >> i can give you a list. >> he was held up for his own reasons. you were held up for reasons by senator reid and what he did in the past. anyway i think it's completely counterfactual. >> okay. >> one of the tenants that is incredibly important to the carriers have representatives the concept of universal service and that is the idea that all americans to mat
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Oct 30, 2013 9:00pm EDT
provide health coverage for their employees. on the other hand, there are now tax credits available for some of the smaller employers who want to offer coverage to actually come into the marketplace. for the other businesses, the businesses hiring 50 or more, there is a standard that says an employee is considered full time if he or she works 30 hours a week. and that really came from a market snapshot with help from the small business administration of where employee benefits were in the private market based on hours of work. what was a part time or a full time employee? what we know about the economic data is the high point of part time workers was in 2008 and 2009 at the height of the last recession. it has been decreasing each and every year. there is no data to support the fact that there is an uptick based on the impending affordable care act. i'm sure that there may be some individual employers making some business decisions about how many workers they want full time and how many part time. but i can tell you there is no economic data or employment data that supports the noti
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